With a heavy heart, Women & Their Work would like to mark the passing of Jeanne-Claude. Part of one of contemporary art’s most fantastic partnerships, she and her husband Christo produced some of the best known and marvelous monuments in modern memory. Their work has been praised and admired worldwide both by the public and critics.
Revolutionizing the creation of monumental-scale art, Jeanne-Claude and Christo made works of joy and wonderment, always with the avowal that their work was without any statement other than the celebration of landscape. With a number of works across the world over the course of 50 years, some of their best known installations include Wrapped Reichstag (1995), Running Fence (1976), and The Gates (2005). Although the couple worked together exclusively, there was always an independent spirit in each, as is attested by the documentary collection 5 Films About Christo and Jeanne-Claude. She was Christo’s partner and his muse. She was ours as well. We will miss her.
New York Times Obituary writer William Grimes has written a beautiful chronicle of Jeanne-Claude’s life. You can find it here.
Jeanne-Claude Denat de Guillebon
June 13, 1935 – November 18, 2009